It was a frosty affair for a 4th round Scottish Cup tie between Banks O'Dee Albion and Blantyre Soccer Academy Black. A quick check on the weather app before the game seen it was just below freezing in the Torry area of Aberdeen and the supporters of both Albion and Blantyre were in for a good frosty affair.
Neither side showed a cutting edge in the opening 10 minutes of the game and it was interesting to find out who would score the 1st goal in this cup tie. It was the hosts who got the goal after some good interchange of passes and the ball found its way into Ben Dalglish who unleashed a stormer of a hit which found it's way into the top left hand corner. The goal definitely had all the makings of it being a contender of goal of the round in the Scottish Cup.
Banks O'Dee Albion coaches Greg Watson and Roger Ross seem to have stamped a new impetus on this team after taking over and compared to last seasons showings showed more signs of playing some good attacking football and this was definitely on display after they doubled their lead after 24 minutes. A great cross in found Jordan Lynch who volleyed home.
Blantyre knew they had to react and Jack King in the Albion goal had to be alert however a free kick from Ciaran Maguire went over the bar. Blantyre then reduced the leeway though after Kieran Aird produced a sharp finish. King did hit best to try and tip the ball round the post however it just creeped into the far left corner. Game on!
Albion then maintained their 2 goal advantage on the edge of half time after a Lyall Innes ball had found Lewis Brand who volleyed it past the goalkeeper and soon enough both teams were getting their half time team talks.
Special mention to the Banks O'Dee Albion Under 14s tea staff, 50p for a sausage roll and £1 for a pie is pretty good going. Albion thoroughly deserved their lead at half time however the game wasn't over yet and Blantyre weren't going to give up.